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Roberson best of the best

You want a running quarterback or a pass-only type? One who can move a ball 60 yards in one play, or is comfortable managing a drive?

Or perhaps a hybrid, someone who is as confident tucking the ball away on a bootleg as they are firing a pass into tight coverage far downfield?

The Stanislaus District has quarterbacks to suit every desire, including a few of the talented kids who run and pass.

The district is a little late to the game -- like most trends, this one was first popularized in the Bay Area -- but we're now seeing its quarterbacks evolve into versatile athletes capable of making big plays.

Here are the district's top 10 quarterbacks this season:

1. Zach Roberson, Summerville -- The district's top pure passer has thrown for 5,980 yards and 67 TDs in 2½ varsity seasons. He's 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and looks like a prototype passer. He plays like one, too, hitting 59 percent of his throws this season for 1,092 yards and 11 TDs, and three interceptions.

2. Kevin Kramer, Turlock -- The district's top running QB has 571 yards and eight TDs, and he gets 8.7 yards a carry. He's only 12 of 34, but when he hits, it's usually big: He averages 27 yards a completion and has thrown five scores.

3. Klayton Miller, Modesto -- The best of both worlds, with a strong arm and quick feet. Miller has thrown for 735 and six TDs, and completed 77 percent (33 of 43). He's also run for 348 yards and 10 TDs, including a 69-yard TD run. He directed a game-winning, last-minute drive to top Sonora.

4. Ryan Emerald, Sonora -- He's evolved after spending much of his junior year running or handing off. He's hitting 64 percent of his passes for 815 yards and 13 TDs, and just one pick. Second in the district in total offense (1,196 yards) behind Orestimba's Ravonne Pious.

5. Cody Weinzheimer, Patterson -- He won't post big stats because the Tigers like ball control and defense. He tosses a TD every fourth completion (nine TDs and one pick while hitting 34 of 67 passes), and rivals Kramer for the undisputed voice in the huddle.

6. Armando Hernandez, Johansen -- More of a passer, he uses his running ability to escape the pass rush. More mobile than Roberson, he's 59 of 101 for 754 yards and is third in the district with 12 TDs. He has four picks, but he's usually playing from behind.

7. Matt Burrows, Manteca -- He could be mistaken for a guard at 6-1, 230 pounds, or perhaps it's the scowl? One of the least experienced on this list, he's playing likes a veteran at 848 yards and 11 TDs for the undefeated Buffs. He threw for 294 yards to beat Tracy 47-42.

8. Ravonne Pious, Orestimba -- One of the best players in a generation from Newman, he has a district-high 1,271 yards of total offense and 17 TDs. He is No. 1 in the district in passing TDs (13) and yards (957), with at least three scores in each of his last three games. He also gets 8.7 yards a carry.

9. Alex Gustin, Ripon -- The shortest on the list (Sonora's Ryan Emerald has an inch on him), the 5-7, 155-pounder has run for 418 yards -- second only to Kramer among QBs. Gustin has a 91-yard TD run, and has thrown for 301 yards, two TDs and no picks, but just a 42 percent completion rate.

10. Jerry Martinez, Golden Valley -- A seldom-used backup as a junior, enjoyed one of the top games ever by a GV passer: 10 of 14, 191 yards, five TDs and no picks in a 43-38 come-from-behind upset of Freedom last week. It was the first time GV called on its QB this season to rally the team. His modest passing totals (440 yards and nine TDs) should start to rise.

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